Internet Blackout Day on January 18, 2012 – Protest Against Senate Bill 968 – SOPA/PIPA

Update:

Censorship of the Web by Harry Reid et al

Posted January 17, 2012 by Jane Wells

Protests: The US Senate has postponed a controversial anti-online piracy site that prompted a Wikipedia 24-hour blackout. Picture:AFP/ Wikipedia Source: AFP

 

WordPress.org is officially joining the protest against Senate Bill 968: the Protect IP Act that is coming before the U.S. Senate next week. As I wrote in my post a week ago, if this bill is passed it will jeopardize internet freedom and shift the power of the independent web into the hands of corporations. We must stop it.

On January 18, 2012 many sites around the web — from small personal blogs to internet institutions like Mozilla, Wikipedia, reddit, and I Can Has Cheezburger? – will be going dark in protest and to drive their visitors to sites like americancensorship.org to take action and help fight the passage of the Protect IP Act. So will WordPress.org.

How a Bill becomes a Law – press link

If you are interested in joining the protest, please don’t forget to also make those phone calls to U.S. Senators — they’re the ones with the voting power.

Update: January 20, 2012 – Victory!  January 18th, 2012 was the largest online protest in history to stop the internet censorship bills, SOPA & PIPA. On January 20th, Congress shelved the bills indefinitely. If this bill or an uglier version of it emerges in the future, we have to be ready for it, again.

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